ABS has announced the appointment of Patrick Ryan (pictured) as its chief technology officer, a move that the classification society says builds on its global maritime technology leadership position.
Having served in the key executive leadership role of ABS SVP Global Engineering and Technology since 2019, Ryan’s appointment to CTO reflects the increasingly pivotal role of technology in the global energy transition.
Christopher J Wiernicki, ABS Chairman, President and CEO said: “ABS’ technology and safety leadership is at the heart of the maritime energy transition. It is a time of rapid and dramatic change where ABS’ deep sector insight, built up over 160 years at the forefront of marine and offshore energy innovation, is key to supporting owners as they navigate the challenges and opportunities presented by digitalisation and decarbonisation. Patrick’s leadership will ensure our world leading engineering and technology teams continue to build on their reputation for excellence and cutting-edge technology development and support. His appointment underscores how ABS is committed to continuing to lead the industry in the safe application of the technologies we will need to deliver net zero by 2050.”
As CTO, Ryan will serve as the lead technologist for the company, understanding broad industry trends and aligning innovations with ABS’ mission and client needs and he will continue to lead and be responsible for ABS’ global engineering, technology research and development, digital class, engineering software organisations, Global Simulation Center and the Global Ship Systems Center.
Throughout his career as a naval architect, Ryan has always been focused on cutting edge technologies around ships and ship building. Prior to joining ABS, he was in ship design, programme management, and engineering leadership roles, at Newport News Shipbuilding. He graduated from Virginia Tech with a Bachelor’s degree in Aerospace and Ocean Engineering, and a Masters in Ocean Engineering.